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Undergraduate Course: Islamic Philosophy (PHIL10197)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide a systematic introduction to key issues and debates in Islamic philosophy by focusing on the medieval period and showing its relevance for contemporary philosophical discussions. It will explore the mechanisms of the critical appropriation of the Western (Greek) philosophical heritage in the Islamic intellectual tradition and the relationship between philosophy and religion in Islam.
Course description Islamic philosophy is the missing link between ancient Greek thought and the European (medieval and early modern) philosophical tradition. It offers independent solutions to many philosophical problems which remain crucial for contemporary readers. Starting with a historical overview of the most important figures and schools, this course covers central topics of Islamic philosophy, such as (the selection of topics may vary from year to year):

- faith and reason
- philosophy and political authority
- free will and determinism (incl. the problem of evil)
- scientific knowledge and empiricism
- materialism (atomism) and sortal essentialism
- self-awareness, personal identity, and the immateriality of soul
- proofs for God's existence

Primary sources will be read in English translation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) AND Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organiser before enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  24
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Midterm Essay (40%) 1500 Words
Final Essay (55%) 2500 Words
Participation (5%)
Feedback Guidance will be given in advance of each assignment. This may be in the form of an in-class discussion, a handout, or discussion of a component of the assessed work. Instructor feedback on essay outline and peer feedback provides further formative opportunities ahead of final essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the central issues of Islamic philosophy
  2. Analyse materials independently and critically engage with other interpretations
  3. Provide systematic exposition and argumentation for their views
  4. Demonstrate understanding of a non-Western intellectual tradition
Reading List
1. Adamson, Peter (ed.). Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2006.
2. Adamson, Peter. Philosophy in the Islamic World. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016.
3. Griffel, Frank. Al-¿az¿l¿¿s Philosophical Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2009.
4. Gutas, Dimitri. Greek Thought, Arabic Culture. London: Routledge 1998.
5. El-Rouayheb, Khaled and Schmidtke, Sabine (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2017.
6. Shihadeh, Ayman. The Teleological Ethics of Fakhr al-D¿n al-R¿z¿. Leiden-Boston: Brill 2006.
7. Wolfson, Henry. The Philosophy of the Kal¿m. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press 1976.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The Islamic Philosophy course will inspire students to engage with the communities and world around them (outlook and engagement). It will make students effective and proactive individuals, skilled in influencing positively and adapting to new situations with sensitivity and integrity. Students will also learn to identify and creatively tackle problems (research and inquiry).
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Course organiserDr Fedor Benevich
Course secretaryMr Peter Cruickshank
Tel: (131 6)50 3961
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